This dictionary of container terms gives the definition of some common jargon pertaining to shipping containers.
ACEP: Automatic Continuous Examination Programme
AS-IS: This condition should alert the buyer that there may be damage to the container that could be expensive to repair.
CW / Cargo Worthy
CW / Cargo Worthy: This quality of container can be used in containerized export shipments. Cargo worthy containers must meet standards of structural strength and be wind and water tight. Containers meeting IICL 5 standards generally are of a better quality than containers showing as just cargo worthy
CSC: International Convention for Safe Containers (1972), the international agreement for maintaining containers in safe condition, and of the Harmonized Interpretation of the CSC with the International Maritime Organization.
CSC Plate: Approval of individual containers may be granted where the Administration, after examination and witnessing of tests, is satisfied that the container meets the requirements of the present Convention; the Administration, when so satisfied, shall notify the applicant in writing of approval and this notification shall entitle him to affix the Safety Approval Plate to such container.
DV / Dry Van
DV / Dry Van: Standard containers simply called Dry Van.
DPP: Damage Protection Plan, Full-cover insurance offered by the lessor against damage based on certain general conditions
EIR:Equipment Interchange Receipt
FR or F/R
FR or F/R: Flat Rack Container
FOT: Free on truck.
HC / High-Cube / Hi-Cube
HC / High-Cube / Hi-Cube: Refers to "high-cube" containers that are 9 feet 6 inches high (9'6" / 2.8956 meters)
IMO: International Maritime Organization
ISO: International Organization for Standardization
ICS: International Chamber of Shipping
IICL: Institute of International Container Lessors
IICL-5: IICL Guide for Container Equipment Inpsection
MGW: Maximum Gross Weight
OT or O/T
OT or O/T: Open Top Container
OS: Open Side (curtain side) Container
PES: Periodic Examination System
Single Use or One Way
Single Use or One Way: Containers are loaded with cargo at the point of origin and then used 'one way' to the delivery location. Upon arrival containers are emptied and then returned according to the delivery instructions..
SOC: SOC is a Shippers Own Container i.e. you as the shipper own the container rather than using one of the shipping company's containers
MGW: Maximum Gross Weight
WWT or Wind/Water Tight
WWT or Wind/Water Tight: This conditional information indicates that the container is dry and suitable for storage. Repair standard that is less stringent than the cargo-worthy standard, but still complies with ISO, CSC, etc.
Warranty: Used containers are normally sold without a warranty. The best protection for a buyer is to purchase containers from a reputable supplier. Gateway is a quality supplier with a total commitment to customer service. If you have questions or concerns we will handle the matter to your satisfaction.
YOM: Year of Manufacture